(NBC) For the first time since a sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while filling his car with gas in a Houston suburb, the man accused was in court.
The prosecutors outlined what they believed happen in the ambush, and the community continued to show its support for the slain officer and his family.
Ushered into court under a heavy police presence and locked in shackles Shannon J. Miles stood quietly showing no emotion.
Prosecutors described in graphic detail his alleged attack on Deputy Darren Goforth.
The ambush, and murder has sparked outrage, and an outpouring of emotional support.
Huge crowds have gathered every day since the attack, some with flowers for a growing memorial at the spot where it happened.
In just two days supporters have given more than 70-thousand dollars, and tens-of-thousands more has been raised on-line for the deputy's wife and two children.
A friend shared the family's pain reading a brief written statement from Gosforth's wife.
"There are no words for this. All the language that I know is inadequate for what I want to express. My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was always loyal, fiercely so." Robert Partin, family friend.
Loyalty shared by this community as they mourn his loss.